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Today is going to be a personal one. I’m going to share the real story of why I no longer race marathons, despite the fact that my career today is helping runners race better marathons.

I’ll get into:

  • Why I needed to let go of marathon training and racing even though it massively transformed my life for the better
  • My struggles with post-marathon identity, imposter syndrome, and FOMO, and
  • What I am doing now that fills my cup even more than chasing a sub-3 marathon

This topic has been requested by a lot of you, especially by the athletes I coach one on one and on my PR Team. I’ve talked about it on other podcasts but I’ve never gone in depth about it, because, well, it’s personal and not the picture-perfect story that always paints me in the right light.

But I’m ready to share it, raw and unfiltered, with the hopes that you can maybe sidestep some of the mistakes I made and truly find what matters most to you.

Welcome to the Planted Runner. I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.

If you need more help, you can order my book The Planted Runner: Running Your Best With Plant-Based Nutrition wherever you get books or request a copy from your local library. 

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great content for runners of all ages and speeds!

This podcast has been an excellent resource for me as a runner. It is packed with educational tips and content all in bite-sized episodes. Love it!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Best running podcast ever!

This is one of the best running podcasts to hear! Very informative and inspiring. I look forward to every episode!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Incredible and informative

I love this podcast so much and look forward to its release each week! It’s so informative and helpful and tackles a lot of issues us runners think and worry about silently, it’s so great to have them addressed and helpful solutions along with it. Claire is also very well spoken, and I really enjoy the interviews where she challenges the way her guest thinks/operates, she’s great at adding a different perspective and it helps the guest speaker really dive in deep with their knowledge. Amazing podcast, keep up the great work!


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